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The Straight Story


Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter View All


David Lynch (Director), John Roach (Screenplay), Mary Sweeney (Screenplay) View All

Released: Oct. 11th, 1999
Runtime: 1 hour, 52 minutes
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.
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Fortunately, one of Lynch's main strengths as a filmmaker is being able to bring sufficient levels of depth and characterisation to even the least likely of characters - his tendency to work on projects with small-town settings also gives him a good understanding of how to capture the....